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NEW YORK — The proposed step up in risk monitoring and capital add-ons for community banks engaged in commercial real estate lending recently made the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

The rapid growth in commercial real estate loans, which has gone up 16% to $1.3 trillion in 2005, has prompted financial regulatory agencies to put the brakes on “aggressive” lending in an effort to stave off what happened between 1987 through 1994, when more than 1,100 banks and nearly 1,000 savings-and-loan institutions failed or required financial assistance as a result of overbuilding and vacant properties, the publication reported in a Sept. 11 article.

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